Updated: May 27, 2020
A number of letters are written to the editor of a newspaper by the people in order to draw the attention of the concerned authorities or the general public to an issue or to express their views and thoughts.
Most newspapers have a separate column called "Letters to the Editor" in which some of these letters are published.
In a number of examinations, students are required to write a letter to the editor. In this section, you will learn how to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. The format, tips and sample letters have been provided along with plenty of exercises for the students to practice.
Tips and Tricks
As it is a formal letter, avoid using slang expressions or any kind of colloquial language.
Be short and precise. Always stick to the word limit.
Use simple and direct language. Do not write complicated sentences or use unusual words.
Start with a brief introduction and state the purpose of writing.
If you are writing regarding an article that has been published, describe the news item and also mention the date of publication.
If you are writing about a problem in your locality, you may find the following phrase useful: "Through the esteemed columns of your newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities regarding......".
Express your thoughts and opinions on it.
Conclude with a recommendation or a request/appeal.
Format of a Letter to the Editor
Sender's Address(in 2-3 lines)
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(Name of the Newspaper)
(Address of the Newspaper)
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Q1. You are Akshay/Akshita, 23 Rampur Road, Delhi, a responsible citizen of your country. When you go on the road, you see that the people are becoming more and more intolerant of others, and driving vehicles recklessly which sometimes leads to road rage. Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper advising people to follow rules while driving vehicles.(100-150 words).
(SOURCE-CBSE BOARD EXAMINATION 2020)
23 Rampur Road
26 February 20XX
Subject: Advising people to follow traffic rules
My name is Akshay Thakur and I am a resident of Delhi. Kindly allow me to express my views on the recent increase in the number of road accidents and the importance of following traffic rules. I hope these will be published in your elite newspaper for the benefit of the public.
While travelling in the city, it can be observed that people are becoming more and more intolerant of others, and are driving vehicles in a reckless manner. This negligence of the drivers has had a cataclysmic impact on the life of fellow citizens over the past few months as it becomes the most common cause for the numerous fatal mishaps that occur on the streets.
Mostly, children and the elderly are the victims of these accidents.
Such tragedies on the roads will never resolve unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow the traffic rules. We must remember that traffic rules are meant for our own well-being and should not be disregarded.
Alert today- Alive tomorrow!
A responsible citizen
Q2. The main park in your locality is in a state of utter neglect. The gates of the park are broken and the greenery has almost vanished. The employees responsible for the upkeep of the park are seldom seen doing their assigned duties. Write a letter to the Editor, The Times of India complaining about the problem. You are Brij Kishore/ Gopa, a resident of Kishore Nagar, Delhi-6.
11 Kishore Nagar
26 February 20XX
The Times of India
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
Subject: Appalling condition of the local park
Through the esteemed columns of your newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities regarding the pathetic condition of the park in our locality.
For the last two or three months, our local park has been in a state of utter neglect. The lush and green park that once used to be the hub of social activities is now no more than a barren piece of land. The gates of the park are also broken. The employees responsible for the upkeep of the park are seldom doing their assigned duties. No repairing work has been carried out in the park for the past year. The residents are very unhappy with this kind of service. The children are left with no space to play and the yoga classes that used to be organised for the senior citizens have also stopped.
It is egregious that we should be inconvenienced in this manner for months. Hope you will publish this letter in your newspaper to awaken the authorities so that the park may be repaired without further delay.
A concerned resident
Q1. You are Ravi/Reema living in D-22, J.P Township, Delhi. Write a letter to the Editor of the newspaper highlighting the increased number of criminal activities in your locality in about 100-150 words. You can use the given hints:-
a) Liquor shop in the locality
b) Loafers roaming around
c) No security
Q2. You are Rakesh/Riya residing at B-123, Sector 11, Chandigarh. You have observed a recent increase in deaths due to violence in recent years. Write a letter to the Editor of the National Daily, suggesting how educated youth can play a major role in establishing peace in society. (100-150 words)
Hints:- data shows....most deaths due to violence...violence among youths major cause....social awareness......educated youth can take responsibility....spread awareness
Q3. You are Naveen/Nimisha, a resident of 27, Rishi Nagar, Delhi. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper regarding the frequent breakdown of the electricity supply in your neighbourhood.
Hints:- acute shortage of electricity.....frequent power cuts......difficulty in examination days.....imagine the life of people here
Q4. You are Bhavya/Arun, a resident of 99, Sector 3, Agartala. You feel concerned to see the modern children spending most of their time in front of the Idiot Box and engage less in physical activities. You decide to write a letter to the Editor of "The ABC Times" expressing your concern about the harmful effects of T.V. in about 100-150 words.
Hints:- wastage of time.....no physical activity....children becoming couch potato.....risk to health and eyesight
Q5. The problem of parking is increasing day by day. Every day you come to know about the road rage and quarrels, due to this menace. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily, highlighting the problem, and suggesting a solution. You are Harman, the president of RWA.
Hints:- rise in population....increase in number of vehicles......no parking at many places.....road rage.......increase parking supply.....on-street parking
Q6. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper, requesting him/her to start a special supplement for children. You are Deepak/Deepti, a student residing at 87, Tilak Marg, Delhi.
Q7. Write a letter to the Editor of a local newspaper highlighting the pathetic condition of roads in your locality.